Dr. Kwasi Amoako-Gyampah’s next research project will take him thousands of miles away from one home and back to another.
Amoako-Gyampah, a professor of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management in UNCG’s Bryan School of Business and Economics, has been selected as a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow by the Institute of International Education. The fellowship fosters academic collaboration between African-born scholars who are now based in the United States or Canada and scholars in Africa.
Amoako-Gyampah, a native of Ghana, will partner with faculty in the business school at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public and Public Administration on a project to strengthen the operations management curriculum in the existing master’s program, support a new doctoral program and mentor faculty and graduate students.
Amoako-Gyampah, who has a doctorate in business administration, has held several positions at UNCG since he arrived in 1990, including a nine-year stint as department head and two years as program director for the Master of Science in Information Technology and Management degree.
For the past two decades, he’s partnered with individuals in institutions of higher education in Ghana, work the Carnegie Fellowship allows him to further. “This fellowship will enlarge and formalize the engagements in a more structured and meaningful manner for me and my host institution,” he said. “Unsuccessful projects, especially those funded by the government, drain the country’s resources. I plan to work with the faculty on a broad research agenda examining how social capital might contribute to the successful completion of projects, tapping into the cultural elements and socio-economic conditions in the country.”